Wednesday, January 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Student Choreography Showcase, known as “STUCHO,” is a student-produced dance concert is in its eleventh year. Each year it gets better and better. This year, there are thirteen participants in the student choreography showcase. These choreographers are responsible for selecting their music, dancers, and costumes, as well as organizing rehearsal schedules.
The student choreographers also will be working through the adjudication process, which will take place on Tuesday, November 6. They will present their work-in-progress and receive constructive feedback from the adjudicators. This year we welcome back adjudicators Peggy Hinojosa and Amy Blake. Hinojosa is a former dancer with the San Francisco Ballet and a former TUTS faculty member who currently teaches and sets choreography throughout the Houston area. Amy Blake is the Owner and Director of Amy Blake’s Dance Academy located in Friendswood and has danced in the Houston area for years as a professional dancer.
This year’s student choreographers are Olivia Doan and Catherine Lu, Sarah Hill, Catherine Huang, Athena Adrogué, Yukiko Chevray, Connie Yu, Mira Thakur and Allison Biegel, Karli Fisher, Angela Whittle, Bailey Maierson, and Lauren Schwartz. They will be joined by the following dancers: Lena McZeal, Eliot Aiman, Dian Yu, Thalie Waters, Mckenna Grabowski, and dancers from Terpsichore and Caprice III. This year’s choreographers will present works from different styles of dance such as hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical.
New this year, Johnnycake members will participate in a lighting workshop like the student choreographers taught by Edgar Guajardo, one of Houston’s top lighting designers for dance and theater. Johnnycake’s lighting designers will work to incorporate the mood the choreographer is trying to convey for the dance into their lighting design on stage. During production week, the choreographers, dancers, and lighting designers will spend many hours working to fine tune the show. Dance faculty member Dorrell Martin oversees and advises on all aspects of the student choreography process.
Come and enjoy these talented young choreographers as they express their artistry through dances and lighting designers.